The U.S. and Germany struggle with integrating immigrant populations and crafting immigration policies for the twenty-first century. In Germany, cultural and religious concerns guide the debate, while in the U.S., the debate is focused on socio-economic and security concerns. Looking at policies on both sides of the Atlantic can be useful in understanding how to develop successful policies for immigration and integration, bettering both German and U.S. societies.

AICGS held its third annual “Transatlantic Dialogue of the States, Cities, and Communities” on Friday, May 20th, 2016. The conference explored the challenges concerning the integration of immigrants and refugees in Germany and the United States. These challenges were elaborated upon by leaders at the sub-national level who shared their experiences on creating welcoming cities. …Read More

March 13 saw strong voter support in three German state elections for the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party. Fueled by continuing waves of incoming refugees, anxiety is building in a country that just a decade ago started to see immigration as an opportunity. Together with its European neighbors, Germany is now facing tremendous pressure …Read More

Germany is in the midst of a heated discussion: Are refugees a burden or a blessing for the German labor market? Supporters of the “blessing” camp argue the country’s aging society is in urgent need of young workers to make up for millions of retiring Germans. Around one third of the 1 million migrants and …Read More

Life as an asylum seeker is not an easy one.  Having faced persecution and violence in their home countries and uprooted their entire lives, these migrants face political, socioeconomic, and psycho-emotional stresses.  To be granted asylum in the West is a chance to start a new life, safe from persecution—or at least it should be. …Read More

The dominant theme of this year’s discussions is that of refugees. Factual debates have turned into power issues now. Who will win the fight about the implementation of “ceilings” for the influx of refugees? Who will be the winner of the power struggle between Merkel and Seehofer? Will Gabriel be backed up by his party? …Read More

AICGS is pleased to host an informal luncheon with Dr. Andreas Dombret, member of the Executive Board of the German Bundesbank. Dr. Dombret will be discussing the economic outlook for 2016 and prospects for growth. Germany remains the backbone of the Euro zone economy with its gross domestic product expanding despite difficult conditions during the …Read More

As part of AICGS’ New Transatlantic Exchange Program, twenty young leaders from across disciplines met in Berlin for seminars and site visits to interact with leading experts from umbrella organizations dealing with immigration and integration, government, research institutions, and political foundations. Participants also had the opportunity to visit other institutions, including cultural/historical sites, offices of …Read More

In the U.S., New Orleans police will no longer cooperate with federal immigration enforcement, thus enacting what are deemed “sanctuary city” policies likely to face pushback from opponents.  Until recently, the NOPD actively participated in immigration sweeps and detained suspected illegal immigrants. The new policy, enacted 28 February 2016, forbids officers from so much as …Read More

In advance of this Sunday’s state-level elections in three German states, The New York Times analyzes how the migrant crisis is building support for far-right leader Frauke Petry and her Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.  The party’s success this Sunday could be a bellwether for the year ahead both in terms of immigration policy and Merkel’s …Read More

In the United States, state-level immigration reform is seeing progress.  Undocumented immigrants in New York state will now be able to apply for teacher certification and professional licenses from the state education department, the state Board of Regents voted on Wednesday.  Only certain individuals who came to the U.S. as children are qualified.  Because these …Read More

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